Faced with man-made climate change and the need to provide housing for a growing world population, society needs to rethink the way future buildings are made. Wood is a truly renewable building material that is unlimited in supply if its growth and harvest are sustainably managed. Recent technological advancements in engineering allow the use of timber for the construction of multi-story structures, turning our buildings into carbon sinks rather than becoming sources for CO2-emissions.The book presents convincing arguments for the increased use of wood as an alternative to more fossil fuel intensive building materials, with the goal of demonstrating that an integrated approach can have the potential for positive impact on the environment, local economies, and the building culture at large.
Overview of the present state of wood construction Essays addressing current issues related to sustainable forestry, engineered wood products, construction systems, craft, and future trends Foreword by Hermann Kaufmann
Ulrich Dangel, architect and professor at the University of Texas at Austin
This is a lovely new book which describes how multi-storey timber buildings fit into the global supply chain of wood from renewable forests to engineered wood products. The very broad coverage gives an excellent overview of many related topics, although it does not allow space for specialised technical information or construction details. The target audience is likely to be entry level university students, design professionals, or building owners who are seeking an overview of the opportunities for structural timber. The book makes a convincing case for timber construction as a cost-effective and sustainable contribution to global problems of carbon emissions and environmental pollution. The chapter on forestry and sustainability is an excellent description of renewable forestry’s contribution to global reductions of CO2 emissions. Following chapters describe new developments in the manufacturing of many different structural timber products, with computer controlled machinery supported by traditional craftsmen, creating opportunities for large scale timber construction. The potential and future outlook for large timber buildings is explored with reference to many important issues such as regional development, energy conservation, digital manufacturing, pre-fabricated construction, durability of timber buildings, and the positive contribution of such buildings to personal health and wellbeing. The small (A5) format is very readable, beautifully illustrated with colour photographs and simple graphics of world forestry and the atmospheric carbon cycle. There are photographs of historical timber buildings, modern wood fabrication factories, and many multi-storey timber buildings designed by world-leading architects, under construction or recently completed. Prof. Andy BuchananPTL Structural Consultants